Friday, 23 September 2011

Food Friday: Turkey Minestrone Soup

Thanksgiving is just around the corner for us Canadians.  And that means lots of leftovers! :D Yum!

 I thought I'd spend the next couple of weeks showing you new ways to use up all of those leftovers.  So that when the time comes you'll be prepared.  Or you'll be like me and think, "Damn I knew there was a recipe somewhere that I wanted to try that used up leftover turkey... now where was that?" Then you will scour the Internet for this very recipe and waste a pile of time doing it.  Or you could just bookmark this one, or pin it, or print it, or commit it to memory, or whatever you happen to do to remember really awesome things - like this recipe.


Turkey Minestrone Soup made with leftover turkey? Yes please!

- 2/3 cup chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons vagetable oil
- leftover turkey (whatever amount ya got)
- hot Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed (or milder if you have kids that don't like all that spicy)
- 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley (if you have it)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 cans Italian stewed tomatoes
- 6 cups chicken broth (or if you've made stock out of your turkey it's even better)
- 1 package mixed vegetables (or cut up fresh veggies of your choice)
- 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 cups cooked pasta of your choice
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspon salt
- 1 pinch pepper

In large pot over medium heat, saute onion in oil until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the parsley, garlic, oregano and basil along with the chopped sausage.  Cook sausage until your desired level of doneness.  Add tomatoes, broth, mixed veggies and turkey.  Cover and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.  Add beans, macaroni, vinegar, salt if desired and pepper.  Simmer for another 3-4 minutes or until heated through.

Serve on a nice crisp cool autumn evening. :D

Yum.  And if your kids are picky like mine are, they can pick through this soup and definitely find something that they will eat.

Try modifying the recipe with different combinations of veggies until you get it just to your liking! :D


PrairiePeasant said...

Looks delicious!

Periwinkle Dzyns said...

adding the sausage is a great idea! will definitely try this